By Michael Hartwell


LANCASTER -- August in Lancaster means hot days, cool nights and the gathering of thousands of people to attend the Bolton Fair.

Now in its 131st year, the annual fair came close to shutting down forever following financial losses last year, according to Bolton Fair President Rose Darden.

"We started this year in some serious debt because of last year's rain on all three days," Darden said.

She said they had to borrow money to pay overhead this year, but she said people need to come this year for their own fun, not for the sake of the fair.

"We want people to come anyway because it's a fabulous fair," Darden said. "It's an inexpensive day. For $10, you can come her from 9 in the morning to 9 at night."

The features include the midway of rides and games on one end and the craft exhibit of submitted jams, jellies, pies, wooden sculptures, agricultural competitions, dioramas, projects and other submissions.

There will be a demolition derby Friday at 7 p.m., and a monster-truck show Saturday and Sunday. Darden said those events will be conducted by a different company than the one used last year.

Other forms of live entertainment include the Olde Time Lumberjack Show all three days, a farm-tractor pull Saturday, a garden-tractor pull Sunday, a modified lawn-mower race Friday and hot-dog pig racing.

"It's like watching a horse race, only it's pigs," Darden said.


There will also be sheep-herding demonstrations, dog trick performances, a petting zoo and craft demonstrations.

Musical performers include the Tim Charron Band, U2 tribute band Joshua Tree and The Wild Irish Rovers.

The fair runs Friday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., each day, at the Lancaster Fairgrounds on Route 117. Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for children ages 7-12. Children 6 and under get in for free, and military personnel pay $5. Passes for all three days cost $15 for adults and $9 for children ages 7-12.

Parking is free and pets are not allowed at the event. Visit for more information.

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